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The Great Hurricane of 1938, beekeeping, art and other musings on life on the shore.

It’s that time of year again and Hurricane Jose has sent us high winds and surf. The beehives are battened down and the bees are kicking the drones out.

What an adventure. We started with two hives in mid April and we now have four. Thanks to artist Judy Scanlon Melanson we ended up with a fourth hive. Judy visited us for open studios and  asked why the bees were hanging out in the tree. We raced out of open studios leaving our guests with a friend and quickly captured the swarm.

If you click on the link you can watch a short video of our swarm retrieval.

Swarm retrieval

And now to some Hurricane of 1938 photos, art and life on the Rhode Island coast.

Hurricane of ’38, Providence, RI  Boatyard

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22

 

HURRICANE OF ’38, FOREGROUND WRECKAGE, BRIDGE, PROVIDENCE, RI

 

Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22

The tug Monhegan left high and dry by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence 1938 September 22

 

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

 

My hurricane photos have been used in several articles. I found these in a quirky antique shop.

Here is one photo being used in  Smithsonian Magazine.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-great-new-england-hurricane-of-1938-62061578/

And there are a series of my acquired photos in this article:

http://www.wcvb.com/article/photos-remembering-the-great-hurricane-of-38/8115867

I continue to paint  on Aquabord  and watercolor paper.

My newest work is The Sleep of Dreams and is available for the special first day of Autumn price $500 including shipping.

This painting is 12″ x 9″ and framed in a wood frame. To purchase click on the PayPal button at the bottom of the page or contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net.

I also have another new painting which is hanging above  David Formanek’s latest sculptures.

Beeing

14″ x 11″   $700

Framed in a wood frame.

To purchase contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net

Here you can see some of the work we displayed for South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours this summer. We thank all our collectors and visitors for coming out and seeing our art.

 

Stay tuned for more adventures of our coastal Rhode Island life and art. Soon I will be posting my foray into honey elixirs.

 

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New Work

Copper Glow   10″ by 8″ Mixed Media Framed   $125

 

Foxy 6″ by 6″ Mixed Media Framed in a black wood frame (same type  frame as in image below)  $100

 

Autumn Reeds  6″ by 6″ Mixed Media    $100

 

Sharked   12″ by 9″ Ink and Watercolor  $300     If interested contact me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net

It has been a busy autumn and winter. I have been painting but not posting as much as I would like. Today there is a blizzard in New England so I am working on a larger painting on aquabord. And as always I take commissions. Especially popular are requests for paintings to celebrate the birth of a new baby, sea creature paintings and wedding place cards.

 

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Calendar Girls 2016

I haven’t been posting in awhile so it is time to catch up!  It has been a very busy winter. I had a knee replacement October 26th. I am happy to say it feels great and I am thrilled to be out of pain.  I have been busy making sketches and preparing for summer open studios (if you can imagine that).

I hope you enjoy seeing these pieces. If you are interested in any of these,  you should know that they are all framed and available for sale. You can email me at susanmedyn(at)cox.net.

Calendar Girls

                                       Calendar Girls       Ink and Watercolor 12″ x 9″    $600                                                            

Petting The Human

Petting The Human   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord  10″ x 8″   $400

Owling

Owling   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord   12″ x 9″ This has a lovely coper pattern in the night sky that glows in daylight.  $600

 

Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk  &” x 5″ Ink and Watercolor   $75.00

The Trees Are Alive

The Trees Are Alive,  Ink and Watercolor   3.5″ x 2.5″        $35                       

Surge

Surge Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Reef Madness

Reef Madness  Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Sea Anemone

  Sea Anemone Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

Rising Tide

Rising Tide   Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord 6″ x 6″   $100 framed

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BEADS OF DOUBT

beads of Doubt copy SUSAN MEDYN © 2015

BEADS OF DOUBT

INK AND WATERCOLOR 10″ X 7″

Sold

Have you found Mr. Beads?

You will know where the title comes from.

Post knee replacement days are filled with exercise, pain, icing, medication, and exercise.

Hoping David does all the cooking this Thanksgiving.

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Open Studios this weekend and Bitsy Plays Artist

Bitsy Helps  SMEDYN © 2015

Bitsy Plays Artist 12″ x 9″

Ink and Watercolor   $400 framed/ $300 unframed

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Another busy weekend coming up. I will be having open studios 11AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday as part of South Coast Artists Open Studio Tours. Look for the blue signs to direct you along the way. I am number 48 on the tour map. Below you can see some of my work that will be available. I look forward to seeing you!

JulyTour2015

Susan Medyn

90 North Court

Tiverton, RI 02878

susanmedyn@cox.net

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Open Studio Tours this weekend 11AM-5PM

Ella Who? copy copy

Ella Who?

12″ x 9″ Ink and Watercolor $400 framed.

What an exciting weekend coming up! Open studio tours will be in full swing. I am number 48 on the studio tour guide. I have several new works in my watercolor series and a new series of abstract paintings. You can also see my work in Poland, the Côte d’Azur, France, and in Liege, Belgium this summer if you are in Europe!  Please stop on by!

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You can find me at:

90 North Ct

Tiverton, RI 02878

susanmedyn@cox.net

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Pontus Parties

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I was introduced to Greek mythology by my husband and have  taken a great interest in learning about the Greek deities. We especially enjoy looking at Greek vases but would happily take another trip to Greece to explore more temples and sites.

You can see this painting as well as my new sea series at Open Studios this weekend July 19th and 20th  from 11AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday. I will have lots of new work on display.

There are so many wonderful artists exhibiting from their studios this year that I am sure it will be a great event.

This link takes you to a downloadable map. http://southcoastartists.org/sample-page-2/tour-map/

I am number 5 on the tour map.

This is a 7″ by 5″ ink and watercolor on Aquabord.

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Poppies Party

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The poppies are blooming gloriously all over Europe and I love to think of having a party among the fields of  them.  Although my work is in 2 exhibits in Europe right now, unfortunately I am not.

I learned yesterday that my best cousin, Mary Sue, passed away at her home in Nova Scotia, with her husband and children at her side. Mary Sue battled brain cancer 3 years, outliving the one year prognosis. In her first year of her illness she wrote a book on daily meditations, each one a reason to be grateful. I can’t imagine how her family is going to deal with this loss. She is a nutritionist,  and her husband is a cancer researcher. They developed a formula to save children who have a particular amino acid deficiency. Her brother and sister in law’s son  and daughter were diagnosed with this rare disorder- Propionic Acidemia. This formula has allowed children to survive much longer than their life expectancy of 6 months to 2 years.

Mary Sue and I spent nearly every weekend of our childhood at one another’s house. We would play day long monopoly games, keeping score, although we always seemed to be even at the end of a month. I will deeply miss her and her deep love for her family, life, good food and good stories.

This is a 6″ by 6″ Ink and Watercolor on Aquabord. All proceeds from the sale of this painting will go toward to the Propionic Acidemia Foundation which is striving for a cure for this rare autosomal recessive disorder.

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Trip The Light Fantastic

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Wow oh wow, was this fun to do. I have been working on this painting for sometime now and am thrilled with how bright and vibrant it is. I hope you feel  joyful after looking at this. I love the psychedelic colors.

For those of you who don’t know my process, I was recording the time it took to make this painting.

So here it is:

6 hours for the initial drawing in pencil and then a rest for a few days to re look and revise.

1 hour for revisions.

4 hours  for inking the outline in with a crow quill pen and indelible ink.

And now time to take a guess to win a beautiful set of cards!!!!

This took me quite awhile. I have been working on this on and off for 3 weeks and if you take a guess at how many hours I painted this, leave a comment below.  I will mail a pack of lovely new cards to the person who is closest. I have a little more tweaking for a few creatures and this painting will be set to go.

I will be sending this painting off to Belgium for an exhibit at the Chateaux de Waroux for a  September exhibition if this doesn’t sell before then. Of course, I would happily send it off to a new owner. And yes, Chateaux de Waroux is one of the rare round castles! You can learn about it in the link above.

Chateau Waroux

This is a 9″ by 12″ ink and watercolor on Aquabord and is for sale for $550 varnished and framed in a cherry frame.

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Bumblepuss Makes a Delivery

BUMBLE PUSS delivers a blob I am loving working with a mixed gouache for the background as I can control the evenness of the color much better than with straight watercolor. Bumble Puss has just delivered this little blob to Ms. Mercat and her friend is looking on appreciatively. Not so for the cloudy seahorse who is wondering when he will get his delivery. Spring has sprung and yellow, blue and purple are the colors of the June irises I have in my yard.

I wanted to mention a wonderful blog by a high school friend of mine. I was always jealous to see Andie carrying her art portfolio around the halls as my parents wanted me to take all college directed courses which somehow left no room for art. Her blog is an eco-conscious person’s dream.

Her suggestions on how to make a spray that attracts beneficial insects instead of using toxic chemicals,  and how to repurpose tomato cages, to decluttering projects is quite wonderful. Andie has been a writer and an editor for years but devotes a lot of time to environmental efforts. Her blog synthesizes both. Check out one of her post here http://www.thegreenqueenofmod.com/memorable-masterpieces/  on saving children’s art and  consider signing up while you are perusing her posts. She’s also on Twitter @greenqueenofmod.

As to Bumble Puss, this painting is 6″ by 6″ Ink and Mixed Media on Aquabord, varnished and framed. $150.00 plus shipping.

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